It’s soft and gentle in texture, yet richly tannic, with complex blackberry, black currant, herb and cedar flavors. It shows the classic elegance that’s characteristic of this mountain vineyard site. Drink over the next 3–4 years.
Full-bodied and well balanced; smoke, herb and tart berry fruit mark the Paloma’s palate. Its plum, smoke, saddle-leather and dried-flower bouquet is similarly distinctive. After a year or two in the cellar, it will probably be even more complex. Finishes long, with black tea and cocoa notes.
Nice wine, and just misses a higher score for a trace of herbaceousness, which is due to the vintage. Otherwise there’s some sweet blackcurrant fruit wrapped in fine, velvety tannins, and the touch of smoky oak is just right.
A nice, lush wine with a lot of smoky oak and lees framing well-ripened apple and peach flavored fruit. Feels rich and creamy in the mouth, and oriental spices tingle the palate on the long finish.
Cedar, chocolate and cassis abound in this surprisingly smooth and creamy mountain Cabernet. Immediately approachable because of its supple texture, yet firms up on the finish, suggesting midterm (5–8 years) aging potential.
This Syrah aims high. It’s dry, rich and full-bodied, with rich tannins and oak, and is fruity enough for the core of cassis to develop for several years. On the other hand, it has a sharp finish that may crack this wine up before the tannins fall out.
From the former general manager at Château Lafite, this is a young, tannic wine, with a considerable amount of new oak, yet it shows quite a degree of balance and finesse. Very dry, with a fresh Cabernet nose, this wine is also earthy and a bit astringent.